Philippine Army’s 53IB turn over livelihood products to FRs

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In a simple product launching and turn-over ceremony held at Good Life Village, Barangay Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippine Army’s Project Good Life for Friends Rescued (FRs) formally turned over the livelihood products of FRs to Friends Rescued Good Life Agricultural Cooperative on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Region 9 (NCIP) Regional Director Ferdausi Cerna, the event’s guest of honor and speaker, praised the FRs for having their self-made livelihood products, which includes corn coffee or roasted corn powder, organic soap, and oyster mushrooms.

“Through Project Good Life, convergence, and the close partnership of 53IB with its stakeholders, we are making sure that the FRs have a mechanism to provide for themselves after they graduate from the program,” said 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, espousing the importance of convergence.

The aforementioned project is an inclusive wellbeing psychoeducation program launched by the 53IB in collaboration with a number of organizations and national government agencies with the goal of translating the results of an initial strength-based research inquiry among former rebels of the 53IB into community extension service.

It’s a need-based program for FRs to assist President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70, which formalizes the country’s whole-of-nation strategy to ending local communist armed conflict.

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